Settlement Conference: Act IV
SCENE I: JUDGE’S CHAMBERS
Judge is seated behind desk in a crowd of lawyers. “Sweet Child of Mine” plays loudly from tinny computer speakers.
ENTER LAWYER 1 AND 2, front and center. They sit in the last two remaining unoccupied chairs.
[Loudly] Okay, everyone, quiet down. Who is ready for a conference?
Your Honor, Lawyer 2 and I are here on #49 on your list. This case was Judge Cartwright’s case, but it was just transferred to you. My client suffered severe injuries when a refrigerator fell on her. She’s currently in a wheelchair.
We have reached a tentative settlement, Your Honor; we are just waiting for approval from the insurer. As such, we are respectfully asking for a six-week continuance in order to get the money on the table.
Is that true, Lawyer 1?
Yes, I concur.
That’s fine, I will schedule the next hearing for six weeks from now.
Would you like to hear the details of our proposed settlement?
[Feigns self-pleasure with hand motion and facial expression]
Haha. Did you make it to the Steely Dan concert last night?
Yeah, they were incredible. I’d definitely see them again. Super hung over right now though.
[Steely Dan’s “Deacon Blues” begins to play through the computer speakers.]
I’m sorry I missed it! Thanks Judge.
exeunt Lawyer 1 and Lawyer 2